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Does sport club participation contribute to physical activity among children and adolescents in Finland: Sports Club for Health project
Research Centre for Health Promotion, Department of Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland.
Research Centre for Health Promotion, Department of Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland.
Research Centre for Health Promotion, Department of Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland.
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. (Jämlik hälsa för barn och unga)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5093-4958
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2017 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Sports Club for Health (SCforH) is an EU-funded project that aims to promote physical acitivity through sports participation. SCforH has 6 different work packages, of which one is focusing on strengthening the scientific evidence base for the SCforH programs. In this work package, the aim is to compare the physical activity of youth who participate to sport club activities and those who don’t in different European countries. This abstract represents the Finnish data as an example.

The Finnish is the National physical activity behaviour of children and adolescents (LIITU 2014) study. The nationally representative data was gathered through an internet survey in the spring 2014. In total 3071 children and adolescents aged 11yr (n=916), 13yr (n=935) and 15yr (n=951) provided responses for LIITU 2014. The variables measured were sport club (SC) participation and moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA).

60 percent of Finnish youth participate to SC activities, with no differences between genders. 28 percent of youth in Finland met the PA recommendation of at least 60 minutes MVPA daily during last seven days. 34 percent of boys and 23 percent of girls met the recommendation (p<0.001). SC participants met the recommen- dation of MVPA more often than non-participants (p<0.001): 35 percent of those youth who did participate to SC activities and 18 percent of non-participants met the recommendation. The differences occurred also among genders: 41percent of SC participating boys met the recommendation, whereas 22 percent of non-participating boys did the same (p<0.001). Among girls the percentages were lower; 29 percent of SC participants and 15 percent of non-participants met the recommendation over past seven days (p<0.001).

SC participants had higher percentages of meeting the MVPA guideline than non-participants. This highlights the role of sports clubs on recruiting different youth, preventing the drop-out and promoting the PA among adolescents.

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2017.
Keywords [en]
Sports club, adolescent, physical aciticity
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science; Public health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-55609OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-55609DiVA, id: diva2:1073437
Conference
Children’s physical activity and sport (CIAPSE 2, Jyväskylä, Finland, 26-28 January 2017
Available from: 2017-02-10 Created: 2017-02-10 Last updated: 2018-07-30Bibliographically approved

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